Zippy taken over by Valley Girl

Gender, generation, class, and region stereotypes come together in the Valley Girl figure — SoCal upper-middle-class teenage girl — that we’ve written about several times on Language Log and this blog. Now she’s gotten to Zippy:

As usual, the locale of a Zippy is taken from real life: Shirley May’s Restaurant-Big Boy in Albany (or, if you want to get really local, Crabtree) OR (photo here). Shirley’s breakfasts get good reviews.

I like the conceit of having Zippy address Big Boy as Shirley.

And then there’s the strip’s title, “Square Root Beer”, a phrasal overlap portmanteau.

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